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Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Simmons, armed robber turned TikTok addiction mentor

After more than 20 years in prison, Paul has turned to TikTok to work through his own trauma and regrets, and help others along the way.

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Paul Simmons’ mugshot appeared on the front page of the Bristol Evening Post in 2004. Fast forward through many years in jail, crimes and devastating addiction, and Paul appeared once more the front page in November 2022 – for very different reasons.

Having served 22 years in 20 prisons over various sentences since 17, the care leaver was now making a name for himself on social media.

With daily videos on TikTok (@pauladdictmentor), podcast appearances and YouTube videos, Paul was working through his own traumas, regrets and challenges – and helping many others too. 

Join Neil and Paul for a raw and fascinating discussion of the care to prison pipeline, mental health in men’s prisons and how Paul is finding redemption and recovery his own way. 

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  • Loved it even if it was strange listening to my own voice. Thank you so much for sharing my story….

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  • Paul has been grinding for his message to get out there, he’s talking real facts and as member of his team the guy never stops lol.
    The non active approach and our group aims to help everyone. No one will ever be turned away!
    Just hope that the movement can make it mainstream as it’s not talked about enough.

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